Fountain Court is pleased to announce that it is now a signatory to the Women in Law Pledge, initiated by The Bar Council, The Law Society and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives.

The Women in Law Pledge seeks to help tackle the issue of gender inequality within the legal profession, including by supporting the progression of women into senior roles by focusing on retention and development opportunities. It encourages signatories to set clear plans around gender representation and diversity.

Fountain Court’s commitments include: to increase the number of female members of Chambers, particularly at silk level; to support female members through our mentoring scheme; and to continue to participate in initiatives which aim to recruit underrepresented groups both to Fountain Court and the Commercial Bar more broadly.

Tamara Oppenheimer QC, Fountain Court’s EDO and Chair of its Equality & Diversity Committee says: “The Women in Law Pledge is a positive step towards the goal of addressing gender inequality in our profession, and we are very pleased to support it. We have come a long way in terms of addressing gender underrepresentation in recent years, demonstrated for example by the elevation to silk of four of our female barristers since 2019, but there is of course more work to be done. Setting clear goals and commitments through this Pledge will help us to focus on our future aims and track our progress in years to come.”

Bankim Thanki QC, Head of Chambers, says: “Becoming a signatory to this Pledge reinforces our profound commitment to address gender inequality. As part of the Magic Circle, it is vital that we are at the forefront of setting tangible goals against which we and the Bar as a whole can measure progress.”

To read Fountain Court’s Pledge, please see here. For more information on our Equality & Diversity efforts, please see here.